December wonderful time to be in BC

As Andy Williams once sang: “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.

Starting today, Boulder City really comes alive for the holidays. It’s that wonderful time of year that we all look forward to.

Whether you prefer religious or secular celebrations, you’re bound to find something to make you smile.

There are parades on land and sea, festive craft bazaars, festive lights, music galore and plenty of opportunities to visit Santa and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa on a cold day or night.

Community events begin tonight with Luminaria and Las Posadas and conclude on New Year’s Eve when Dale Ryan and Dyanah Musgrave turn out the lights at their Fifth Street home for the year.

In between, you can visit the Community Club’s Doodlebug Craft Bazaar, get your photo taken with Santa at the Chamber of Commerce’s Picture Party, shop at the new Jingle Jam downtown, wear your ugliest Christmas sweater to the wine walk, or enjoy a retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas story “A Christmas Carol” in the library.

For those who like a bit of history or tradition at their celebration, visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum to ride a historic train or hear a Christmas story. Day or evening trips are possible on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

There’s even a chance to see classic cars and help brighten the holiday season for a child or senior in need at the first Al Stevens Christmas Toy Drive Car Show.

We’ve done our best to compile a list of activities and apologize to anyone we missed. (For next year, please send notices of your event to [email protected] as soon as possible so they can be included.)

All events are a big part of the holiday celebration we love. Another reason is our own annual Christmas cookie and painting competitions. Today we introduce you to the winners. You all did a fabulous job and deserve the credit.

This year’s coloring pages were outstanding. From our youngest participant who is just 4 years old to our oldest who is 89 years old, their artistic skills have shone with flying colors, pun intended. There was so much creativity that it inspired us to take our own talents up a notch or two.

You can judge for yourself as they will be in the windows of our Nevada Way office throughout the month.

And we’re particularly pleased to be able to reintroduce the cookie contest after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

Although there were fewer entries than in previous years, the jury didn’t have an easier time choosing their favourites. In fact, it was quite a battle between the top two.

The winner, Christmas Jewels made Cheryl Dougherty, stood out for both taste and versatility. The mix of toasted coconut on the outside and sweet jam pushed her forward slightly. The judges particularly liked the blueberry jam she used, which made it both beautiful and delicious.

We hope that you will add them to your holiday offer. The recipe is on page 9.

As the community events wind down throughout the month and give way to family celebrations, we wish you a happy and merry holiday season.

Hali Bernstein Saylor is editor of the Boulder City Review. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 702-586-9523. Follow @HalisComment on Twitter.

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